WICHITA – The Raven Wrestling team traveled to Newman University on Sunday to compete in the annual Kansas Cup on Sunday. The annual events matches up all collegiate wrestling programs in the stats from the Junior College ranks, through the NAIA and into the NCAA Div. II level.
Benedictine took 10th in the event, with just six wrestlers competing this year.
Even with six competing, the Ravens returned with two top finishers as Dillon Scanlan took second place at 141 pounds and Kaleb Mitchell took fifth place at 165 pounds.
After earning a bye in the first round, Scanlan earned a 11-0 major decision in his first contested match over Shaquille Wright from Labette CC. He then earned a 7-2 decision over Garrett Whitson from NCAA Div. II Newman before falling in the championship match to Ottawa's Tyler Hinton by way of a 13-1 major decision.
After falling in his first round match to Noel Torres of Newman 8-6 in sudden victory, Mitchell earned two wins by fall to earn a rematch with Torres for a shot at the consolation bracket championship. Mitchell's first win by fall was over CJ Garcia of Bethany College while his second win by fall was over Cory Coombs of Northwest Technical College. Torres edged Mitchell 2-0 in the consolation quarterfinals before Mitchell earned a 17-5 major decision win over Sean Taborsky of Barton CC.
The Ravens are scheduled to travel to Lamoni, Iowa, on Saturday to compete in their first Heart Duals competition hosted by Graceland University.
Program moves closer to NAIA ranking; Loosbrock moves up to No. 3
The NAIA released the latest rankings last week, and the Ravens have moved closer to a ranking this week.
Unlike other NAIA polls, wrestling only ranks the top 20 and the Ravens earned 14.5 points this week and are just outside of the Top 20 as the bottom two program in the poll, Doane College and Warner Pacific each earned 20 points.
Stephen Loosbrock moved up to No. 3 overall at 197 pounds as he continues to pursue his fourth trip to the NAIA National Championship. He is the highest ranked wrestling in his weight class out of the Central Qualifying Group, which place three wrestlers in the 197-pound rankings.
Prior to the release of the NAIA Top 20 Coaches' Poll, the rating for each qualifying group were released by the NAIA. Benedictine currently ranks fifth in the group which consists of the following schools: Grand View (Iowa), Missouri Valley, Dickinson State (N.D.), Baker, Benedictine, Graceland, Jamestown, William Penn (Iowa) and Waldorf (Iowa).
The Ravens will compete in the Central Qualifying Group Tournament on Feb. 20 in Marshall, Mo. The NAIA National Championship returns to Topeka and will be held on March 4-5.